Campaign season for cyclists’ safety: “See Me Save Me” and the blind spot question

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“BLIND SPOT”:

 OXFORD ENGLISH DICTIONARY: an area in which a person lacks understanding or impartiality; COLLINS: a subject about which a person is ignorant or prejudiced, or an occupation in which he is inefficient

We are pleased to support “See Me Save Me”.  It is an organisation entrenched in the road danger reduction approach : and as such committed to reducing danger from lorries – towards pedestrians as well as cyclists – at source. We believe that doing this will require examining what exactly is meant by a “blind spot”. This not so much a question of technical fixes, but like all questions of safety on the road, about the power of some road users to endanger others.

The need to address danger from lorries should be apparent to all practitioners dealing with cyclists’ safety: the details of the problem are elaborated on their site.

Our President, Lord Berkeley, gave our support saying:

Dear See Me Save Me,

As President of the Road Danger Reduction Forum I am happy to support your organisation and its work.

It is plainly intolerable that lorries should be driven with their drivers being unable to see pedestrians, cyclists or motorcyclists in close proximity to them. Such vehicles should be regarded as “unfit for purpose” for use on our roads.

Of course, installing devices enabling lorry drivers to be aware of other road users around them is only the first step to reducing danger from such vehicles. Other technologies which can prevent human beings from going under the wheels of such vehicles need to be developed and installed on all such vehicles.

In addition, while highway engineering and the training of cyclists which makes them aware of good positioning near lorries are useful measures, we need to ensure that danger from lorries is reduced at source. Whatever technologies are employed on lorries, as long the use of these vehicles has the potential to inflict such horrific injuries and death, their drivers and operators must be held properly responsible.